Hello PVPSA Friends,
I am Erica Padilla Chavez, the CEO of PVPSA. I wanted to reach out to all of you who have been reaching out either via text or phone call or email to ask how we are doing during these challenging times. I thought I would spend a few minutes of today to give you an update on how we are doing.
First, please know we are doing okay. These have been very trying and challenging times for all of us and we are no exception. We have a team of very committed individuals who are absolutely dedicating their time and providing emotional and wrap-around care and support for the children and you the of the Pajaro Valley.
On the counseling side, allow me to share with you what we are seeing during these difficult moments. I think none of this will be a surprise to you.
We are seeing an increase in anxiety disorders among children and youth in our community. We are also, unfortunately, seeing an increase in depressive disorders – which makes complete sense to many of us, right?
And of course, a lot of stress. A lot of stress caused by familial and social issues that the children and the youth of our community cannot resolve on their own – things like financial stress that their families are facing.
At PVPSA we recognize the importance of mitigating that stress so that the children and youth of our community can achieve emotional wellness, and can achieve feeling healthy.
We have embedded a financial assistance program in our agency, so when our staff is unable to connect a family to resources with community partners, we are able to support them modestly, with some financial assistance as we continue to work with them to develop a long-term plan.
In closing, I just want to say what an amazing team of dedicated individuals work here at PVPSA. I am so proud to be leading this team of dedicated counselors, case managers, and an administrative team who are absolutely committed to doing our part to support the children and the youth of the Pajaro Valley.
There is something you can do to support our amazing team members who are helping the children and the youth of our community. We ask that you consider making a financial contribution to our agency so that we can continue to support the children and their families with these stressors of life that none of us really knew were forthcoming, and which the Pandemic has shed light on.
So with that, I thank you very much for listening, and thank you very much for reaching out. Wishing you all the energy of health and wellness in your life and for your families. We are going to get through this together.
Thank you so much,
Chief Executive Officer
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance